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    September 17, 2010
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but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions. ♪ pg&e with a new controversy on its hands and has to do with the exact pipe that blew last thursday starting a fire that ended up killing more people. should they have done more to fix the problem when they first found out about it last year. story on the way. >> more than a thousand to honor mother and daughter killed in the explosion. hundreds more expected ford a memorial this morning. >> state lawmakers promising tougher laws on fire safety in school buildings following an arson at a san jose elementary school this summer. >> a look at sfo, you see the fog and drizzle we talked about yesterday. it is here and causing flight arrival delays of nearly an hour. we'll talk about how part of the weekend will be dry and how the
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other part won't be and when the rain will get to your neighborhood. >> look out for the thick fog heading to san francisco. live shot of the poll plaza showing no delays but i'll have an update of the guy who found a rat in his car in berkeley coming up. >> definitely not your typical commute there! >> no. >> thanks for joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. there's a new twist into the investigation into the san bruno explosion and fire. it appears that pg&e was raising concerns about this specific pipe eroding just days before the explosion. abc 7's terry mcsweeney is live with more. >> the chronicle reporting that the exact pipe that blew up out here last thursday starting that inferno came to pg&e's attention actually last year. now, according to the article, four pipes were corroding here in the bay area at gas transmission lines all tied to the milpitas control station and they were seeing compressor oil
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inside these pipes causing the corrosion. according to the article, pg&e says they stopped the liquid. haven't seen any since last november. another controversy has to do with the mess left behind. county officials want all the debris gone by october 15th, the beginning of the rainy season. the material has been tested, says the county. it's not contaminated by the air quality management district says otherwise, that this stuff has to be tested as hazardous waste or tested for asbestos. either way that would delay the removal. earlier this week residents talked about the situation. >> i'm sure they wouldn't have allowed us back knowing that there was going to be some hazardous materials around here. >> i'm concerned about the ramifications for our health, all of our healths. i'm right by the epicenter. >> as long as there is no direct exposure, there should be no concern for health hazard based on this site. >> another controversy has apparently been put to rest.
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there have been reports the public utilities commission directed pg&e to reduce pressure in its natural gas pipes by 20%. now, pg&e says two days after the blast it reduced pressure by 10% but was holding off reducing it further until it got a clarification. we're finding out this morning from pg&e that it in fact reduced pressure by an additional 10% last evening apparently complying with the directive. today people who own property out here, former homeowners, are going to be meeting with city, county and state officials. they're going to be asked to sign waivers allowing the people to take the debris out of here so rebuilding can begin. again, there is that snag that i mentioned just a few moments ago. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> thanks a lot. a funeral mass will take place at 11:00 this morning for a mother and daughter who died in the explosion. 1,000 people packed saint cecilia's catholic church for a
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vigil. during last night's vigil mourners watched a video of janessa from a confirmation video last spring. >> sometimes feels everything is going wrong. >> the 13-year-old served as student body president at the school. her mother jacqueline worked for the public utilities commission. both took active roles in their community and church. >> this is very difficult. my heart is very heavy right now, but with all the support of friends and family, it's making it a little easier. >> the school has cancelled classes today so students can attend the funeral mass set for 11 a.m.. the two are survived by jacqueline's husband james. >> services for another san bruno victim, 20-year-old jessica morales are scheduled
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for this weekend. a public memorial service will be held tomorrow night. we do not yet have information about services for 81-year-old elizabeth torres, the fourth confirmed san bruno victim. >> community activists in san jose are calling for the next san jose police chief to be more sensitive to issues on racial profiling. several dozen residents who say they have been the victims of racial profiling gathered yesterday to talk about their treatment at the hands of police. they included a priest who says he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. he wasn't wearing his frock, and then he felt he was stopped because of his race. >> i think it was because -- i mean, i see myself every morning in the mirror and i say look at your face, you look like a gang member. and you are latino. >> police chief rob davis defended the department's efforts to stop racial profiling. >> and all the policies and
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procedures we put in the place guarantee it doesn't happen. what i see is the perception, not reality. not suggesting it can't happen, but the question is how do we measure that. >> chief davis is stepping down at the end of next month. >> don't be surprised if it's a bit harder than normal to find a parking spot in san francisco and you know that's sayin' something. this is the annual parking day. that means artists, activists and citizens will use their talents to take over metered parking spots and turn them into mini parks, gardens, even art galleries. the event was started by the san francisco design studio rebar to highlight the need for green space in urban areas. >> those cars that can't find parking spaces maybe need to use their windshield wipers this morning. >> a little mist and drizzle. a little fog. depends where you are like usual. >> the sea breeze is back and going to bring some cooler conditions this afternoon. but the fog and drizzle we talked about yesterday, it is here and causing flight arrival
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delays into sfo. so make sure you check out our flight tracker at abc7news.com. the bottom of the front page. changing of the air mass has brought us warmer weather this morning. the moisture has kept temperatures up in the upper 50s napa, santa rosa, novato, san francisco, half moon bay and los gatos. we have low to mid-60s in all other neighborhoods. even a 67 in san jose which is 12 degrees warmer than yesterday. 11 degrees warmer this morning in menlo park. 10 in santa rosa. san francisco about 2. mountain view, fremont about 8 and 7. concord and fairfield about 5 and livermore 9 degrees warmer than yesterday. 8:00 still cloudy with temperatures holding in the upper 50s to low 50s. look for sunshine to break out, especially the north bay and east bay valleys with the low to mid-70s there. mid to upper 60s with cloudy conditions around the bay and by 4:00 we see sun break through around the bay also with mid to upper 60s, oakland and fremont. mid-70s, palo alto, san jose. 66 san francisco, north bay and
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east bay valleys around mid to upper 70s. mixture of sunshine and clouds tomorrow but dry. the rain will move in on sunday and be out of here by monday. looks like drier and warmer weather next week. not sure how to talk to you on this one. >> a tough one. what do you do when you find a rat in your car! you scream, you swerve. >> you dirty rat! >> you dirty rat! that's apparently what somebody did westbound 80 and university. things a little crowded. he almost got into an accident but pulled over to the shoulder, called the chp and said he didn't want to get back into his car because he was afraid the rat was still there. chp were on their way but it looks like the person has already left so somehow he's gone, everything's fine, all lanes are open. you may encounter thick fog and a new accident just reported as you come across the bay bridge into san francisco and head towards south 101. it may be blocking a lane.
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also may be just a stall. we'll keep you posted. >> makes you wonder what chp would have done if they got there? >> i don't know. arrest the rat? just ahead, "7 on your side" and "consumer reports" break the ice to find the best space heaters. >> plus metal detectors, security cameras and i.d. scanner that is keep your information. they could all soon be part of nightclubing in san francisco. >> also did a south bay school gamble about school safety when it remodelled some of its building. san jose after a massive fire gutteddddddddddddddddddddddddddd "know the species, know the stain." lanolin-free coat, i know it's an alpaca. walks in here, looks says "hey look, it's a llama!" cleaning the stain like he would a llama stain. time he's wasting. ♪ call 1-800-steemer
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state officials are vowing to push for new laws on fire safety in the wake of an arson
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that gutted a san jose school. theresa garcia joins us live from trace elementary. >> behind me you can see lone pillars that mark where a building once stood. this is a fire that caused $15 million worth of damage destroying 15 classrooms, four offices and a library media center. but the problem, this amount of devastating damage would not have happened if this school was fully outfighted with automatic fire detection systems. in response to this fire that destroyed parts of trace elementary in july, state lawmakers are reevaluating fire safety laws at schools. they gathered at a community meeting in san jose yesterday discussing safety issues and a loophole that exempts schools from installing alarms in a remodelling project only if it's locally funds. the unified school district applied for that exemption when it remodelled trace. they got such exceptionless for
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64 schools between 2004 and 2008. they only meet the minimum code requirement force safety. it's up to the lawmakers to try to close that loophole but in the meantime many say districts should just not use it and build with the highest safety standards possible. one idea discussed at yesterday's meeting was whether school fire systems should actually be subject to review by the fire marshals. that's something not currently mandated. live in san jose, theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> theresa, thank you very much. san francisco police are proposing local clubs be required to install security cameras and i.d. scanner aware metal detectteres, this after a series of shootings, one club suede in february. police want to hire offduty city police officers to patrol the clubs. matrons might behave better if they know they're being recorded
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on video and having their i.d.'s scanned. the city's entertainment commission will decide on this proposal. >> this is when sales of space heaters take off. michael finney and "consumer reports" tell us the good from the bad. >> when it comes to space heaters, there are hey great many choices. there are floor models and this one can mount on the wall. then there's the heat surge that looks like a fireplace. "consumer reports" tested 13 space heaters ranging from $30 to $500. most are 1500 watts. >> heaters that use the same amount of watts produce the same amount of heat but they different how well they can maintain a set temperature and the features they offer. >> used to assess space heaters, sensors measure the temperature in different parts of the room checking how evenly heat is distributed. the $550 heat surge wound up at the bottom. >> the term stat, that's what
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helps the best heaters we tested. >> the $35 heater didn't have a thermostat either. in the end top ratings went to the this $70 from honeywell. hd-817. it's excellent at controlling temperatures and has a helpful temperature display. the consumer report says don't count on it or any space heater to slash your heating bills on its own. >> unless you turn the heat down in the whole house and use a space heater in one or two rooms, you won't see much of a savings. >> adding insulation especially in the attic is a far better way to cut your energy costs. electric heaters are responsible for thousands of fire-related injuries and deaths each year so you should never leave a space heater unattended and check the power cord to make sure it's in excellent condition. you never want to use an extension cord with one of
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these. "7 on your side." >> it's 6:16. we've made it to friday morning and dragged fog and low clouds and mist with us. >> how hard it is to see downtown san francisco and even the bay bridge because of the thick clouds. yeah, and the mist and drizzle that's waiting for you this morning. let's talk about temperatures. they're mild this morning, even warmer than yesterday with upper 50s, santa rosa, napa, half moon bay. around the monterey bay, cloudy conditions, 65 gilroy. sunshine today but more clouds will help that cooling sea breeze that will kick in this afternoon. sunny clouds and saturday, dry. push the light rain into sunday. that's the big difference between yesterday's forecast and today's. brighter and drier and warmer next week. south bay mostly sunny sky and mid to upper 70s today. partly on the peninsula with low to mid-70s. mainly cloudy along the coast with low to mid-60s. mostly cloudy downtown south san
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francisco, sausalito mid to upper 60s with increasing sunshine and mid to upper 70s through the north bay valleys. partly cloudy with upper 60s richmond and berkeley, low to mid-70s the rest of the east bay shore. mostly sunny east bay valleys. near 80 morgan hill, gilroy, hollister, sunshine. a little more cloud cover, santa cruz, watsonville. low to mid-70s there. monterey bay, carmel, mid to upper 60s. a little drizzle possible, near 60 in oakland. 61 san francisco and concord. i should say san jose and concord. some of the warmer spots. a look at our area of low pressure still sitting and just twirling out in the pacific because the jet stream and front are running parallel to each other, they're very slow moving. 5:00 tomorrow morning just cloud cover. you see sunshine break out during the lunch hour and into the afterhour so that mixture of sunshine and clouds. rain moving into the north bay 7:00 sunday morning. by 10:00 around the golden gate
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bridge. notice how it's tapering rather quickly. a quarter inch possible the north bay mountains. a tenth of an inch around the bay and a couple hundreds the south bay and east bay valleys. seven-day forecast, cooler weather on the way through sunday. temperatures will drop about 5 to 10 degrees and then we'll gain all of that back by tuesday, wednesday and thursday of next week with sunny afternoons. frances. >> mike, an accident in san francisco being cleared on south 101 but we'll head to the north bay where there's an overturn crash at stony point road. it may be blocking lanes. also a tree fell on some wires in the napa area, dry creek road at orchard avenue. lanes blocked there as well. as we go outside, live shots of the freeway, traffic looking good 101 san rafael. 680 fine walnut creek as you make your way through the san ramon valley and show you the 280 and 17 interchange. still pretty good on freeways but you can find out if that changes by going to our website,
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abc7news.com the place to go under the bay area traffic link. eric, kristen. >> frances, thank you very much. it's 6:19. >> coming up, a controversial confrontation on a school bus. >> show me which one! show me which
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wouldn't it be nice if every time meg whitman told a lie her nose would grow? newspapers report the claims in this meg whitman ad are false. and she knows it. taxes went down under jerry brown. but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions.
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meg whitman's nose keeps growing. whitman says california lost jobs under jerry brown. turns out 1.9 million jobs were created. she spent millions saying jerry brown raised taxes. fact is brown cut 4 billion in taxes. but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions. welcome back. it's 6:23. a florida father is facing potential charges of harassment and attempted assault after he lost it on his daughter's school bus. >> the man was confronts kids he says were bullying his daughter. (inaudible)
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>> show me which one! show me which one! call the police! (inaudible) (bleep) for real! not my daughter! listen, i'm telling you this (bleep)! now, i tell you this, you call the police! >> all caught on video. police say the father was the real bully there. he couldn't make it out. he threatened to kill the kids
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who had been attacking his daughter in his opinion. the girl has cerebral palsy and was allegedly being beat up and picked on during rides to and from school. you'll see more of this story coming up on "good morning america." >> not to condone anybody, but you'll hear the harassment truly was awful. a lot more on "g.m.a." >> one of san francisco's most irreverent races. the new rules just announced for the next bay to breakers. >> the twist, a person responsible for the other three still in custody. >> and i'm jenelle wang. a huge showing of support for the family of a mother and daughter killed in the san bruno explosion and fire. i'll have the story coming up. >> and we're looking at 15-minute flight arrival delays into sfo but the rest of the country is quiet right now. >> you'll encounter lots of fog heading into san francisco but heading into san francisco but not much of a delay on baywhen ,
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. ♪ good friday morning. it's 6:29 and trading is about to begin on wall street, ready for the bell. today's labor department says consumer prices posted a small rise in august. core inflation was essentially flat. sluggish with most businesses from raising prices and high unemployment is keeping a lid on wage pressures. world stock markets mostly rose this morning as positive news yesterday from companies like local based oracle and research
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in motion helped shore up sentiment things are improving. live to the new york stock exchange in about 15 minutes. >> the start of the bell there. trading day underway. 6:30 now. another stunning new development into the investigation into the san bruno explosion and fire. it looks as though pg&e had raised concerns about the state of the san bruno gas pipeline long before the explosion. abc 7's terry is live in san bruno to explain why they were worried about corrosion. terry? >> yeah. this is coming to us from the san francisco chronicle this morning and the report says that pg&e knew last year that corrosion was rusting away at four pipes here in the bay area, including the one, the natural gas pipeline, that blew last week right out here in san bruno. it wasn't just a little liquid. they're talking about considerable amounts of liquid. article says all the pipes tied into the control station in milpitas and the substance was not mostly water, it was
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predominantly compressor oil. the company spent a lot of money to get things fixed and apparently what they did worked for keeping the liquids out and they haven't seen the liquid since november. where corrosion took place, only pg&e knows because only pg&e knows where its pipes are. it's not going to disclose the location of transmission lines including the governor and says for safety and security reasons it has to keep it that way. fire departments all over the bay area say they need to know for the same reason. >> take a look today and also had a productive meeting with pg&e yesterday to begin discussion of age, location, the maintenance schedule of the gas transmission and distribution lines into san francisco. >> so a couple of controversies still brewing but one has apparently been laid to rest. pg&e telling abc 7 news that it has finally gotten around to responding to the public utilities directive to reduce pressure in the pipelines by
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20%. it reduced it by 10% a couple days after last thursday's blast that killed four people and damaged or destroyed 58 homes but did not drop it another 10% until last night. getting word from pg&e that vef complied now. also getting word that there is some debate about the debris out here. is it hazardous waste or not? the county says it has been tested and it's not. they're going to be trying to get property owners out here to sign waivers today allowing the county to take this debris out of here so the rebuilding process can move along. they also want the debris out of here before the rainy season starts in october. the bay area air quality control district says we have to test the material. it's going to take longer than october 15th and we need time to do it right. that controversy still brewing. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. the funeral of a mother and daughter killed in the san bruno fire will be held today. a huge crowd turned out to remember them last night at their san francisco church. abc 7's jenelle wang joins us
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with the story. jenelle? >> kristen, about a thousand people turned out for last night's vigil. another huge showing is expected for the funeral set for 11:00 this morning. (church bells ringing) >> a collage of victims showed the life of these two victims. friends and family members watched a video of janessa. >> sometimes it feels like everything is going wrong. there are times when i face problems and others i am soaring. >> getting her reflection on the catholic faith ceremony in may. her words were so profound they inspired the priest giving the homily at the funeral this morning. >> i looked at it about three times. she spoke to me. i wanna use her words. >> jackie and janessa died in the explosion and fire that killed four people. >> i want people to know that they matter. that this should never have
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happened. that they didn't deserve -- they were just home making dinner, doing homework. >> she was an 8th grader at the catholic school in san francisco. she was a dancer and honor student. her classmates are determined to keep her memory alive. >> she's part of this class of 2011 and she's a big part of it. we're not going to forget that. we're keeping the picture up. right now her desk is here with all her things in it. >> loved ones say the sudden deaths are made them realize the importance of cherishing every day, a lesson it seems jenessa had already learned. >> even if we have a busy schedule, we should take time to enjoy and appreciate all of god's gifts. >> the two are survived by jacqueline's husband james and janessa's sister. they have cancelled classes today so the students can attend the funeral mass this morning. >> it's 6:34 now.
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contra costa county sheriff deputies and say there's no connection between the sexual assault of a woman last night and the three other attacks at the same complex this summer. the victim said she was assaulted last night at the park regency apartments on oak road in unincorporated walnut creek. investigators arrested two in august. one's been charged with the rape of one woman and attacks on two others. he remains in jail. >> marin county is considering a new plastic bag ban. supervisors are considering an ordinance that would ban plastic bags and charge 10 cents for each paper bag a customer uses. the ordinance would only affect unincorporated areas of the county but eventually cities in marin county could adopt the same plan. >> state health officials now say california's whooping cough epidemic is on track to break a
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55-year record. there have been more than 4,000 infections and nine deaths so far this year. that puts the state on track to exceed the record of 4,949 cases set in 1955. whooping cough also called pertussis is a highly contagious illness that peaks every five years. it's similar to the common cold but there's a persistent cough that lasts for weeks. >> the coast guard trying to figure out how a whale became impaled on a cargo ship off the golden gate. the northern vitality ended up carrying the carcass to the port of oakland. the whale had been bitten by sharks and already may have been dead when it was hit. the whale's dna is being examined to determine what species it was. >> a big warning for alameda residents: beware of raccoons. officials recorded a half dozen recent attacks and the animals are showing a high level of aggression. one control officer with 20
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years' experience has never seen it this bad before. here's a map where the attacks have occurred since june. most happened when people were out walking dogs. bird feeders, outside pet food bowls and open garbage cans are attracting the raccoons. >> organizers of the bay to breakers race in san francisco are now scaling down the event and will be cracking down on people who don't register and pay to race. the san francisco examiner reports not only have alcohol been banned from the 100 bay to breakers next bay but police and private security will escort raceers from the official route if not wearing an official number. they immediate with the mayors off, police and community groups yesterday. the number of participants capped at 50,000. >> 6:37. time for a check on the forecast. >> visibility not good in some placess, mike. >> the fog, the degrees we
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talked about yesterday, it's here this morning causing flight arrival delays into sfo. check out our flight tracker at abc7news.com. a warm push of moist air, that will bring temperatures in san francisco up a little. san jose about the same but everybody else when that sea breeze kicks in, the temperatures drop compared to 24 hours ago. let's break down this friday. at 8:00 cloudy everywhere but the drizzle starting to dry. temperatures still very mild and not much of a change from where we are now which is the upper 50s to low 60s. by noon sunshine but mainly the north bay and east bay valleys. low to mid-70s there, mid to upper 60s around bay. san francisco. 63 at 4:00. mid-60s san francisco and oakland. upper 60s around fremont. you see mid-70s, palo alto, san jose, the north bay valley and upper 70s in the east bay valleys. good news for saturday plans. no rain. mixture of sunshine and clouds and temperatures slightly cooler than today.
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rain will be very light and nothing cancelling plans sunday. just know it will rain about an hour where you are. monday, tuesday, wednesday dry and temperatures warmer. good morning, frances. >> good morning, everyone. just wanted to remind you to expect all this heavy traffic in the south market area for the oracle convention. howard street will be closed from 3rd to 4th all the way through next friday. that has traffic spilling over into mission and all the surrounding streets. it usually takes a lot longer to get through there. mike was talking about the fog and drizzle. very thick fog highway 1 to daly city. look out for that. visibility down to 50 feet sometime in the morning. fine across the san mateo bridge, although more crowded. traffic on the right. and metering lights were turned on at the bay bridge toll plaza. a backup at some of the lanes to the parking lot for some of them. >> 6:39. >> trading underway on wall
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street. we have a live report from the new york stock exchange straight ahead. a live look at the big board. the dow up 48 points. >> plus paying for a quicker commute. the first of its kind toll lane coming to 680 for the monday morning commute. >> plus a half eaten burger in the morgue. the morgue. this shocking wouldn't it be nice if every time meg whitman told a lie her nose would grow? newspapers report the claims in this meg whitman ad are false. and she knows it. taxes went down under jerry brown. but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions.
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meg whitman's nose keeps growing. whitman says california lost jobs under jerry brown. turns out 1.9 million jobs were created. she spent millions saying jerry brown raised taxes. fact is brown cut 4 billion in taxes. but whitman's nose keeps growing by the millions. ♪ welcome back. 6:43 on this friday. your california forecast getting wet up near eureka and 60. drizzle and 70 near big sur. an increase in clouds and cooler weather sacramento and chico. low to mid-80s there.
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91 in fresno. let's take you up to the sierra, tahoe specifically going to see some rain by sunday and temperatures dropping into the low 60s. scattered showers possible in yosemite with sunshine and 90 degree temperatures there. across southern california, no rain, morning clouds give way to afternoon sunshine. temperatures low 80s l.a. and low to mid-70s san diego. here's kristen with more news. >> it's 6:44. state legislative leaders from both parties are set to resume budget negotiations with governor schwarzenegger at 11:30 this morning. the so-called big five met in the governor's office for three hours yesterday to work on the long overdue spending plan. at the ends of the meeting, democratic leaders said there were some outstanding issues but we're hopeful things could be wrapped up by today but the governor's press secretary did not indicate any significant progress. today marks a record 79 days that the state has gone with no budget. >> starting monday, commuters driving on parts of interstate 680 will have a new option to speed up the drive on the most
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congested stretch. that's the corridor where crews are bringing the final touches on the bay area's first toll lane. abc 7 transportation reporter heather ishimaru reports. >> commuters stuck in congestion on southbound 680 between sunol and milpitas will be able to go faster. all they need is a fas trak transponder and willingness to pay. >> if you're in one of the lanes at 35 mph, you're going to be late, you can activate your toll, put it on the dashboard and get into that 50 mph lane for a price. >> the expressway lane will be separated from the rest with double white line striping. there will be only three entry and exit points and it will be illegal to get in and out anywhere but those designated spots. these will charge the fast track tag. >> there's certain spots where you're not going to be able to
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exit those lanes to get to a particular exit. you're going to have to exit out of the expressway lane a little sooner prior to the exit that you wanna take. >> signs will alert drivers to coming entries and exits and how much it will cost for segment. monday through friday the price will rise and fall. up to $6 for the whole 14 mile stretch at peak time. for now it will be free for everyone, carpool or not overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.. >> it will clearly show what your cost will be pointing to that sign over there where it says expressway mission $1.50. if you got off it would cost you $1.50 that instant. >> the chp will use these readers to make sure solo drivers in the expressway lane have paid. >> i can guarantee you in the beginning we will be a little sympathetic to mistakes. but if you think you're going to keep doing it on a daily basis,
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chp will lose their sense of humor and you will get a ticket. >> heather ishimaru, abc 7 news. >> if you're looking for love, some companies may be better places to work for than others. >> 6:47 our time. bloomberg's jane king is live at the new york stock exchange with our "moneyscope" report. this we gotta hear, jane. (laughter) >> a story for a friday, right, eric and kristen! paying for a little office romance? try working at southwest airlines, national public radio where emeryville based picks are. encourage in-house hanky panky. they love luv. office love is good for companies, makes people want to spend more time at the office and take fewer big days. other companies discourage it big-time. wal-mart will fire you if it finds out people are having a relationship. the company fear lawsuits brought by workers claiming sexual favoritism in the workplace. today the day united and
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continental with their plan to merger. if the $3 billion is approved it will encourage a united name with a continental logo. green arrows, not by a lot but the dow, s & p and nasdaq all trading higher. the bloomberg silicon valley index up half a percent at the moment. oracle, the software maker out with pretty good numbers. sales results coming in better thanks to expansion in the computer hardware business. larry ellison promising to dramatically improve growth as oracle squeezes profits out of its hardware business. live at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news. >> jane, thank you very much. have a great weekend. 6:48 now. this morning the national weather service is sending investigators to new york city to determine whether a tornado touched down there last night. a massive storm tore through the city toppling trees, ripping
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roofs off homes and cutting the power for nearly 30,000 people. the storm sent one tree slamming into a car killing its driver and several other minor injuries were also reported. today investigators will map out the width and intensity to determine if a tornado did in fact touch down. trying to figure out damage from the tornado or straight line wind damage. >> hard to do especially when you're funneling those winds between those houses and the trees. they're going to go that way and you may not see the twisting as. >> new yorkers saying they felt like it was. >> 75 mph wind gusts. that caused a lot of the damage. what's happening here at home? look at this! the fog overnight and the drizzle just like we talked about as we try to look at downtown from our roof cam from vallejo street. santa rosa, napa, san francisco, half moon bay. haven't moved much no. nor have
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the rest of us in the low to mid-60s. a mild start to this money market morning. temperatures upper 50s most of the monterey bay. even salinas at 65, gilroy, what a turn there. you're the warm spot. more clouds today, the cooling trend begins taking the rain out of saturday's forecast. a mixture of sun and clouds, that's a change from yesterday. light rain looks like it will mainly fall on sunday. light rain. drivers are in warmer weather next week. temperatures today, warmest in the east bay valleys with upper 70s to low 80s under a mostly sunny sky. partly sunny conditions oakland. mostly sunny in the south bay today with mid to upper 70s. campbell and san jose about 78 degrees. partly sunny to partly cloudy from north to south on the peninsula. a lot like the east bay shore with low to mid-70s here. we'll be mainly cloudy along the coast. some patchy drizzle possible,
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low to mid-60s for you downtown, sausalito. mid to upper 60s under mostly cloudy sky. partly cloudy conditions in the north bay valleys. look at the clouds around the monterey bay with monterey 68. mid-70s santa cruz and watsonville. near 80 the inland valleys. at&t park, half game up in first place. that's 6:15 first pitch. 67 dropping down to 62. look at the clouds tonight, mild conditions once again, patchy drizzle, mainlily upper 50s to 60. cloudy conditions here. look at the sunshine break out around the lunch hour mixing with some clouds by 7:00 sunday morning. look at the rain moving into the north bay. by 10:00 hits the golden gate. by noon falling apart. 10th to a quarter inch of rain. all of us 5 to 10 degrees cooler sunday so much warmer next week. have a great weekend. here's frances. >> you heard heather's report
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with the sunol grade. right now traffic flowing well but we will keep a close eye on this monday morning. the drive time 30 minutes from 580 to 101. the slow spot is westbound 4 out of antioch, to 242, 25 minutes. check out 680 in walnut creek. southbound on the right through the san ramon valley. check out berkeley. the fog so thick we had to can the camera down so you can see the traffic. and no delays now on interstate 80 as you make your way from the carquinez bridge to the bay bridge toll plaza where it's only backed up to the end of the parking lot. metering lights on. in the south bay a live shot of the 280 and 17 interchange. it's been pretty good in the south bay and in fact no major problems on the peninsula but earlier accident on 280 and thick fog on highway 1 out of pacifica. you can look at personalized drive times by going our website. abc7news.com is the place to go and click on the bay area
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traffic link. eric? >> thank you, frances. 6:52. a controversial new ad from a nonprofit physicians group is trying to directly link mcdonald's to heart attacks and draw thousands of hit on the internet. the ad shows a dead man clutching a half eaten burger as his wife griefs. the golden arches appear along with the words "i loved it." getting thousands of hits on youtube.com. we showed it to people and got mixed reaction. >> did this image convey a lot? >> i don't think so. i saw things on the internet that had more facts than that. >> mcdonald's says it's misleading and unfair to consumers and hopes the customers can see through the propaganda. >> a college graduate in canada came up with a new dating website, just for people who consider themselves unattractive. the site called uglyschmuck.com,
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according to its developer, pretty people need not apply. >> we have a system where members can vote other members eligible or too attractive. >> the founder is saying it's for people who might feel out of place elsewhere. you know what's interesting, people not putting their pictures up. >> don't put their pictures up. >> focus on the interview. >> 6:54 now. recapping our top stories. critical new information emerging about the pipeline at the center of the san bruno explosion and fire. >> terry mcsweeney live at the scene of the blast with new information. terry? >> yeah. san francisco chronicle reporting this morning that pg&e had its eye on four pipes that were corroding here in the bay area, including the one that blew her last week. you can see the destruction left behind. pg&e may have taken their sights off the pipe too soon. all into the control station in
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milpitas. the company saw the problem, spent a lot of money to get rid of those liquids and managed to do so. hadn't seen any liquid inside the pipe since november. whether the corrosion took place and contributed to the blast, we don't know. only know where the pipes are. only pg&e knows because it will not disclose the location of the transmission lines for security reasons. the county going to the property owners asking them for a waiver to take away the debris out here. the county says the debris has been tested. it is not hazardous but the bay area air quality control district saying further testing is needed and that the debris should be allowed to stay here for some time until it can be properly tested. there is the controversy there. live in san bruno, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. let's go to theresa garcia in san jose. good morning, theresa. >> good morning. here in san jose, the hot topic, an issue fueled by a massive july arson fire that called $15
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million worth of damages at this school behind me where you can still see some lone pillars that mark where a building once stood. now, state lawmakers are reevaluating safety laws, also inspection standards at schools in response to the fire that destroyed parts of trace elementary in july. some say this amount of devastating damage wouldn't have happened if the school was fully outfitted with automatic fire detection systems. at a community meeting in san jose yesterday, lawmakers, fire and school officials met to discuss safety standards and this loophole that exempts schools from installing fire sprinklers and alarms in a remodelling project if it is locally funded. this obviously reduces building costs. they used this loophole when they remodelled trace elementary and figures showed this district got such exceptions for 64 school remodels between 2004 and 2008. now it's really up to lawmakers to try to close that loophole. in the meantime they say the
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school should just not use it and certainly install the automatic fire detection systems in all their buildings. live in san jose, theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> final check on weather and traffic. >> let's talk about the drizzle that's out there this morning. the clouds and flight arrival delays into sfo. we will see some sunshine but not as much as yesterday. temperatures upper 60s around san francisco and richmond. low to mid-70s throughout the bay, upper 70s south bay and north bay. the rain will fall from north to south sunday. saturday will be dry. frances? >> mike, friday traffic at the bay bridge toll plaza. that's only backed up to the end of the parking lot. a lot of thick fog out there and caltrain issued a fog advisory for highway 1, especially traveling between pacifica and daly city. just a reminder, a lot of heavy traffic through the south market area with howard street closed until next friday due to the oracle convention. >> thank you for joining us with the abc 7 morning news. >> we'll be back with a local update at 7:22.
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